In the News

April 6, 2016

By Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News

Posted: 04/05/16, 6:05 PM PDT | Updated: 4 hrs ago

Press Release

Tragic Death of Whittier Student Inspires Bill

April 5, 2016

Sacramento – After hearing testimony from the parents of Paul Lee, a special needs student from Whittier, who tragically passed away last year after being left unattended on school bus for many hours, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved SB 1072, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 10 to 0. The bill now goes to the Senate Education Committee for consideration. 

Press Release

Tragic Death of Special Needs Student Inspires Bill

March 31, 2016

Sacramento – The parents of a special needs student who tragically died after being left unattended on a school bus, Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), and child safety advocates will hold a press conference regarding SB 1072 (Mendoza), also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law” which requires all school buses in California to be equipped with a child-safety alarm system. A hearing of SB 1072 will follow the press event at 1:30 p.m.

When:             Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.

Press Release

SB 1011 Will Help Prevent Unethical Personal Enrichment in Government Contracting

March 30, 2016

Sacramento – A bill that strengthens California’s conflict of interest laws and restores public trust and accountability was approved today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 7 to 0.

SB 1011 will strengthen the conflict of interest law by expanding the definition of family and what constitutes a financial conflict of interest for public officials when voting on government contracts before any governmental body, board or commission of which that public officer is a member.

Press Release

Tragic Death of Whittier Special Needs Student Focus of Legislation

March 24, 2016

Sacramento – In response to the arrest yesterday of the bus driver involved in the tragic death of special needs student Hun-Joon “Paul” Lee of Whittier, Senator Mendoza (D-Artesia) issued the following statement:

“First, I want to express again my heartfelt condolences to the parents, family and friends of Hun-Joon “Paul” Lee.  His death was a shock to everyone in the community.

“I commend the work of the local authorities who have expeditiously investigated the circumstances surrounding his death.

In the News

March 24, 2016

By Tammye McDuff

In May 2015, Mendoza announced the launch of the 32nd Senate District Young Senators Leadership Program [YSLP]. The program was an extension of his previous course, Young Legislators, building on the program that was created when he served in the State Assembly from 2006-12. Each month of May recruiting begins and the program runs from August of the senior year to graduation.

Mendoza was seeking applicants from local high school juniors and seniors who were interested in public service.

Press Release

SCR 110 by Senator Tony Mendoza

March 17, 2016

Sacramento - The State Senate today approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 110 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous bipartisan vote.  The resolution designates March of 2016 and each year thereafter as Brain Injury Awareness Treatment and Prevention Month in order to promote public awareness on the extent, causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Press Release

Approved Today by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee

March 16, 2016

Sacramento – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) today approved an audit request by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 11 to 0 vote. The audit will determine whether California’s K-12 schools are providing statutorily-required library services to the state’s school children, and if those services are being provided by fully-trained, credentialed teacher librarians.